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Naperville Woman’s Club grants more than $34,000 to benefit local charities, scholarships


Naperville Woman’s Club recently awarded more than $34,000 to local nonprofit agencies and scholarship recipients during its annual Celebration of Philanthropy and Education. The presentations were held at its landmark location, 14 S. Washington Street in the heart of Downtown Naperville. (PN Photo)

The Naperville Woman’s Club, a local woman’s service organization promoting art, education, and community service in Naperville and the surrounding area since 1897, held its annual Celebration of Philanthropy and Education on April 19, 2024. The NWC members honored area nonprofit service organizations and awarded educational scholarships.

Club members and grant recipients celebrated the philanthropy of the Naperville Woman’s Club and funds raised via special events. (Photo by Susan Stockton)

The club’s “focus charity” for 2023-24, Families Helping Families, was awarded $8,000. Since 1994, Families Helping Families, a Naperville nonprofit organization, has been guiding families to self-sufficiency in DuPage County, Illinois.

In addition, other area nonprofit organizations honored were Almost Home Kids, Brightside Theater, Humanitarian Service Project, Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, 360 Youth Services, Hope for Justice, SCARCE, and The Conservation Foundation.

A big check is pictured showing the total amount given toward educational scholarships along with members of the Naperville Woman’s Club and representatives from four organizations that received scholarship grants. (Photo by Susan Stockton)

Recipients of this year’s educational scholarships, totaling $12,000, also were announced. The scholarships went to the Naperville District 203 Education Foundation (Women in Trades), the Naperville North Education Foundation, the Indian Prairie Education Foundation District 204 (Fine Arts) and North Central College.

“Our club’s enduring commitment to Naperville can be seen in all the activities we support, from our signature event, the annual Fine Art and Artisan Fair, to our Witches Night Out Naperville fundraiser to our scholarships and support of local service organizations,” noted Nancy de la Hoz, president of the Naperville Woman’s Club. “For over 127 years, club members have volunteered their talents and time to make Naperville a better place.” 

Built in 1899, the old stone church is now the home of the Naperville Woman’s Club where the purple door welcomes club members and guests to meetings as well as other organizations to rent the space. This time of year, fragrant lilacs are lovely and welcoming, too. (PN Photo)

Naperville Woman’s Club since 1897

For more information about the philanthropy, programs and special events hosted by the Naperville Woman’s Club, visit the club’s website at www.NapervilleWomansClub.org where other details are included about the club, rental opportunities and upcoming activities throughout the year.

Report and NWC photos submitted by Sarah Dore for the Naperville Woman’s Club.

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